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Adobe Fireworks

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December 25, 2010    
 
4.3 (1)

Software Summary

Operating System
  • Windows
  • Mac

Adobe Fireworks is a Web Design Software (bitmap and vector graphics editor) for Windows and Mac created by publisher Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Adobe Fireworks: A Measly Spark or a Feast of Features?

Adobe FireWorks Product Summary

Adobe Fireworks, as one of Adobe’s graphics programs, has been on its 5th release.  Compared to its first four releases, the CS5 edition of Fireworks improves on performance, as promised by its manufacturer and noticed by its users.  Among its most evident performance improvements are its speed and size, as the CS5 uses less RAM.  It has also been found to be more stable compared to the previous released of Fireworks.  You usually become aware of the trend that most Adobe applications occupy more resources of your computer as they get released anew, meaning the 5th version is more likely to be more resource-hungry than the 4th or 3rd editions.  In the case of Fireworks, it’s not true, which offers a pleasing experience.

You will also notice that Fireworks CS5 opens and saves graphic files such as PNG in a speedier and more reliable manner.  You can also open PNG files with more than one page more conveniently, because a preview of all the pages is provided.  The programs stability has been enhanced, as users are provided with recovered copies of files in case the program crashes, both in Mac and Windows versions.

Adobe FireWorks Features

Adobe Fireworks CS5 guarantees more enhancements in its features, giving you a program that performs faster, has a graphic toolset that has been updated, and providing you with more control over the placement of pixels.  With the rendering of graphics now guaranteed to be precise down to the pixel, all designs are crisper even on any sized screens.  With the program’s FXG feature, interactivity is enhanced as pages, objects and even whole documents can now be exported to other Adobe applications.  This release is also more integrated more with the other programs of the Adobe Creative Suite, so you won’t have difficulty when using other programs with files that have been started with Fireworks.  Thus, Fireworks files can now be opened in other Adobe programs easily, such as with Illustrator, for example.  You will also have an easier time matching the colors of your project with the designs you made from other Adobe software like the Swatch Exchange.  Lastly, the CS5 version also boasts of new design templates which can be used in saving frequently used projects.

Adobe FireWorks User Interface

The Adobe Fireworks CS5 interface can be navigated easily by those who have long used the program’s earlier releases.  That means new users, whether savvy in graphics arts or not, may take a bit of time before understanding the functions and the screens.

If you are a user who obsesses over controls on fine grained details, the experience of doing it on Fireworks CS5 is easier, compared to former versions that somewhat only allowed users to control over around only even or only odd numbers, which was frustrating to detail-oriented users.

Adobe FireWorks Software Review

Adobe, the manufacturer of the Fireworks program, admitted themselves that the previous versions of the program were full of bugs that they had to fix for this version.  With those bugs out of the way, this has made Fireworks CS5 more stable and smoother when used.  The program’s integrated hybrid tool set is still what makes it a choice for graphic nuts.  You will still find some ingredients in its creative tool set in need of tweaking, though.

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I used Adobe Fireworks for a class of mine back in high school. I did not enjoy it one bit. I would have preferred to just use Photoshop or something along those lines. I used an older version of Fireworks, and it was filled with bugs! From what I have heard, the newest version is clean and works wonderfully, but I have not used it since my class. I also can't comment on the price of it, because I received it for free!

Adobe Fireworks may be fine now in this newest release, but it isn't definitely not for me.
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Reviewed by Andrea White November 01, 2011
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Adobe Fireworks - not for me

I used Adobe Fireworks for a class of mine back in high school. I did not enjoy it one bit. I would have preferred to just use Photoshop or something along those lines. I used an older version of Fireworks, and it was filled with bugs! From what I have heard, the newest version is clean and works wonderfully, but I have not used it since my class. I also can't comment on the price of it, because I received it for free!

Adobe Fireworks may be fine now in this newest release, but it isn't definitely not for me.

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